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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Travel Journal Prep

Part of the fun of travel is the anticipation...don't you think? I certainly do!
I go crazy getting ready to travel and then I fling myself on a plane and collapse.

I like to work on my travel journals  in stages--the pre-boarding stage (prepping the travel journal), the in-flight (in the country) stage and the after-party (when I'm back at home).
I start off by collecting ephemera before a trip as soon as I know where I'm going...
I filled up this plastic box with all kinds of good stuff -- vintage postcards, maps, language books, stamps....

Let the playing begin!


I hunt and gather stuff on my own but I also have good friends who give me things too. JU found a stash of old currency for me to play with. They are on the euro now...

$1 at the library book sale -- a great book of etchings -- including several of places where I'll be off too....

Vintage postcards from eBay and a cool stamp.

I found a few dictionaries and language books at the book sale to cut up and glue in...

Travel journal taking shape....arranging things on the inside front cover....

I covered both my big journal and a mini in a vintage map....this little one gets tucked into my bag for notes on the go and the big journal stays in the hotel rooms.

Found at the paper ephemera sale I went to in September...$1 also. This is definitely going into the travel journal.


Vintage postcards and stamps.

What cool writing! I am sure not going to be able to read any of that tho....

And I was very, very good and I prepped all the pages with watercolor wash. That took quite a bit of time but it will be nice not to face all white paper.

On the road I will write in it, paste as much stuff in there as possible, leave room to add some photos when I get home and I plan on hinging some pages into the journal because I just know I'm going to run out of room.
My travel journal and photos are always my most favorite souvenirs from every trip. I am thinking of various little arty projects on the go -- like bring a large size coin envelope booklet and collaging the pages and filling the sleeves with ephemera right while I'm away....and how about writing a vintage(or new) postcard every day and then punching holes and putting them on a ring when I get home?

What do you think?
When I travel I am out and on the go a lot but I love working on my journal with a coffee in the morning to start the day or maybe a bit in the evening before dinner. 
And, since dinner starts at 10PM in one of the spots I am going to I think I will have some time to create before going out.

Now where am I going?

20 comments:

  1. Will there be room for clothes and essentials??? :)

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    1. Limner -- of course! But clothes aren't as important as art supplies!

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  2. Dinner at 10pm, it must be Spain! :-))) Looooove the brown paper ephemera. You could just frame it! Enjoy the trip and everything, Pamela!!

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    1. Spain -- yes And ?????? Another more exotic destination.....

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  3. Spain, hope you go to BCN, my fave place!

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    1. Shelly - Spain and ???
      Barcelona and Sevilla and Madrid....
      All have been great. Thanks for commenting. And stay tuned for photos of the fab Barcelona PO.

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  4. Spain and.... the receipt with the different writing says Dubai????

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    1. Emie58 -- -- good eye! I am going to Spain and Fes, Morocco.......I love that Arabic writing.

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  5. Ooh, Morocco!
    Love how you prep it all beforehand. I collect ephemera during trips but then sometimes it just sits till I feel motivated to turn it into something...

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    1. Cindy -- I am motivated! I love putting all the ephemera together. I work on the journal on the trip but finish it when I get back home.Yup -- Morocco too.....the souk and medina in Fes....should be interesting...

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  6. What a gorgeous post! A Feast for the eyes! Thank you for taking the time to share xo

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    1. Dori -- aren't you nice? YOU are the inspiration for prepping the white journal pages with watercolor washes, paint drips and other things....and I love the way they they turned out.

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  7. You find the best ephemera, Pamela! Thanks for sharing, and I'll look forward to more photos when you return!

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    1. Carter -- I usually know the places I am planning on traveling to so I keep an eye out for ephemera from them and have a stash that's ready to go when it is time to prep the travel journal.....Oh yes-- there are photos--LOTS of photos to come! Thanks for your comment.

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  8. Your book says Spain & Morocco so....ENJOY! xoxo

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    1. Yes! Spain and Morocco -- a perfect combination. There is a lot of influence of Arabic tiles and buildings in Spain and my limited French will be very handy in Fes....thank you for reading and commenting.

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  9. I can't wait to see your journal pages - love your ephemera!

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    1. Michele -- thank you! They are coming along -- you will see them soon. Thanks for the comment.

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  10. Looks FABULOUS!! Have a great time.

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    1. well..thanks very much, Pam....happy you like them...

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